Facial plast Surg 2011; 27(4): 378-388
DOI: 10.1055/s-0031-1283056
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Tissue Engineering, Regenerative Medicine, and Rejuvenation in 2010: The Role of Adipose-Derived Stem Cells

William Beeson1 , 2 , Erik Woods3 , Rania Agha4
  • 1Department of Dermatology and of Otolaryngology–Head and Neck Surgery, Indiana University School of Medicine, Indianapolis, Indiana
  • 2Department of Beeson Aesthetic Surgery Institute, Carmel, Indiana
  • 3Department of Pediatrics, Herman B. Wells Center for Pediatric Medicine, Indiana University School of Medicine, Indianapolis, Indiana
  • 4Department of Medicine, Michigan State University School of Medicine, Summit Dermatology and Aesthetic Surgery, Oakbrook Terrace, Illinois
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26 July 2011 (online)


Facial rejuvenation is rapidly evolving sector in the field of facial aesthetics. There is a wide variety of dermal fillers and many more are in development. Over the past few years, the study of adult-derived stem cells has become a very active area of research. Adult stem cells are an attractive option for volume restoration and facial rejuvenation. Adult stem cells are isolated from adipose tissue-adipose derived stem cells and have mesodermal, ectodermal, and endodermal potentials. Adipose-derived stem cells could conceivably be an alternative to pluripotent embryonic stem cells and could play a critical role in the rapidly expanding fields of tissue engineering and regenerative medicine. This article reviews the history of soft tissue augmentation using adipose tissue grafting and the advent of using adipose-derived stem cells. The state-of-the-art stem cell isolation technique as well as anticipated future therapeutic indications are also addressed.